Multiple news sources are reporting “U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed” http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-sent-cash-to-iran-as-americans-were-freed-1470181874
Paying ransom to terrorists is not something the U.S. government “normally” does for to do so and that information gets out, then Americans all over the world–whatever they are doing, vacationing, business, studying now have a target painted on their back and instantly become kidnapping targets. The Obama Administration reportedly paid $100,000,000 per American held in Iran.
In Shoot Down, Duncan Hunter learns of his next mission.
Director Rothwell stood and tapped the ubiquitous cheap pen in his hand against the thin file Hunter wasn’t offered to peruse. Hunter extracted a slip of paper from his notebook and offered it to the DCI. It contained challenges and responses for coded email transmissions as well as a list of actions needed by ground agents in Spain, the Azores, and Algiers. The DCI looked up from the document, nodded, and said, “This one is very special Duncan. I can’t stress how important it’s to execute this mission flawlessly. You do this, you’ll be a hero. I’ll walk you to the elevator.” The meeting was over.
Hunter wordlessly left the Director’s office in trail of Rothwell. Hunter winked and waved at an overburdened Miss Mayo, a phone was held up to her ear with her shoulder and her hands were full of FedEx envelopes. As Rothwell reached the elevators, he hit the down button and waited. Hunter looked back at the flailing Miss Mayo then turned back to Rothwell and asked, “What did he do?”
Rothwell glanced over to Miss Mayo; the distance was sufficient to say a few well-chosen and unclassified words as the elevator doors opened and Hunter stepped inside. Rothwell held the door open with one hand. “Besides suspected funding and facilitating terrorist acts against the United States? And Russia, and Great Britain, and France?” As he released the pressure on the elevator door he continued, “He shot down commercial airliners, usually for ransom.”
As the doors closed and the elevator sped to the ground floor, Hunter just closed his eyes and shook his head. This is going to be bad.
More to follow.